If you have bad credit and are looking for a home loan, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of getting approved and to help you get a reasonable interest rate.
Apply Online – The internet has a few companies that will take your application and submit it to hundreds of different lenders. You will receive up to the 4 best offers that you could qualify for. These offers are pre-approvals. You will still need to work with the broker to lock in an interest rate. Also, the benefit of using these companies is that they will not pull your credit initially. This is good because every time your credit is pulled, your credit score drops just a little. The mortgage company will just ask you to describe your credit, instead of pulling it.
Look Into Down Payment Assistance Programs – There are programs like Neighborhood Gold and Nehemiah that will help you get a down payment for your loan. Find out what their requirements are and if you could qualify. However, make sure the lender will work with them before you plan on it. Some lenders will not accept down payment assistance programs.
Apply With 2-3 Different Mortgage Companies – Sometimes one lender will be able to do a loan that another lender cannot. All mortgage brokers have access to different loan programs. What may be impossible for one, may be doable for another.
Keep Your Credit Score as High as Possible – Don’t have your credit pulled over and over, this will drop your credit score. Keep making your payments on time. Also, pay off any amount you can on credit cards, this will help your credit score go up. If you have more than one credit card, divide the amount you have to pay down credit cards among all the different cards. It helps your credit score to not be maxed out on any lines of credit.